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DIDGE - The View From Down Under

An Aussie’s ridgy-didge view of world affairs and popular culture.

Monday, October 11, 2004

Murdoch’s War on Freedom

The American documentary OUTFOXED: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism has been released to Australian art house cinemas this past week. SBS’s The Movie Show had a review, as well as ABC’s At the Movies. The current affairs show Dateline had a feature on the documentary.

From a past entry you may have got the impression that I don’t really like the newspaper the Herald Sun all that much. But I give credit where credit is due, and Herald Sun film reviewer Leigh Paatsch is a reviewer who I like and respect. So I looked forward to seeing his review of Outfoxed, but alas Thursday came and there was no review. That’s odd, I thought. Perhaps the film was being released next week, but alas, once again, the film had indeed been released and The Age had a review (followed with another review and a full page story the next day). The Age was running advertisements for the film, but the Herald Sun’s pages were oddly devoid of any advertising for the film, save for the microscopic art house listings. I can’t comment on any other states News Corp. papers, but it seems as if Murdoch is making his Melbourne paper act as if the film doesn’t exist. Which is a huge shame because A) that goes against free speech and such an action should be deplored and B) I like Paatsch’s reviews and wanted his (honest) opinion on the film.